Dead Maze shuffles into the crowded zombie survival gamespace

It’s been years since slapping zombies into your game was a novel attraction, yet it still remains a popular feature for players and developers alike. With The Walking Dead still generating water cooler discussions and geeks dreaming of that glorious post-apocalyptic fantasy, it is to be expected that more games take a stab (and a slice and a shot) at this setting.

Enter Dead Maze, a massively multiplayer cooperative survival game that places a greater emphasis on players working together than against one another. The title, which is coming to Steam in early 2018, has a colorful isometric look and is chock-full of hundreds of items that can be used for crafting and fighting. Camps can be built, classes can be swapped, and zombie hordes can be feared when they come calling.

“With Dead Maze we wanted to try and do something different,” said Atelier 801 Co-Founder Jean-Baptiste Le Marchand, “an MMO where you have to work together in order to survive and restore civilization. Exploring, crafting, fighting; all of this is key, but you won’t last long on your own. We can’t wait for our community and players to get started.”

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Nick Smith

Love the art style, looks like fun. Made me want to fire up Project Zomboid to see what’s going on there

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Mewmew

The trailer really looks interesting to me. Especially co-op games where you work together. The actual gameplay video someone linked below is quite different than the trailer makes it look, I can only hope that’s a very early build that no longer is valid as it looks pretty horrible there. If it plays more smoothly like the trailer made it look I’ll be all over it. If it’s anything like that actual play video (on YouTube and someone embedded below), I’ll keep further away from it than I would a real zombie.

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Looks interesting as a concept and the art style is nice, but I have a feeling their server technology is way undeperforming.

Movement looks chunky at best, if not nauseating, and there are prior games by that studio which don’t bode well. I actually doubt they’ll pull this off having a smooth lag-free feeling about movement and actions. From what I gather the studio is way more into art style and designing pretty interesting cartoonish sprites than, say, re-implementing the IP stack as CCP did for EVE and get best performance and game feel.

I’ll not hype this and wait a month or two until AFTER ACTUAL RELEASE and see what early buyers can tell…

This is what I’m talking about, the trailer uses a lot of zooming and panning to give it a smooth feeling, but this is what it looks like in-game. The video is not really recent so I hope they’ll solve those kinks and get back on track!

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Paragon Lost

Wait, what? I think that’s the first time I’ve ever heard someone talk about being made nauseous from a top down game. I just watched the video and I have a low tolerance for becoming motion sick and it didn’t bother me at all. Looked like a typical top down game animation.

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Mewmew

Oh my God that’s horrid! I mean the screenshots and trailer make the game look awesome (using tricks obviously) and very much like something I’d love. But if this is the actual play – such botchy chunky movement and such, I want nothing to do with it. I mean this play video looks really bad. I can only hope that it won’t be much like that after final release. I’m fair enough to wait and give it a chance but ooph this looks bad at this stage.

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yeah, let’s hope it’s just an early build and the devs will deliver what they show in the trailer, instead!

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Minimalistway

Feels like Wakfu/Dofus, i mean the art style, looks interesting.

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Fisty

Neat. Look forward to trying it.

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Sorenthaz

[Insert combination of things already said here.]

Definitely looks interesting, will have to give it a look whenever it starts releasing more info or becomes available to play.

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zeko_rena

This looks pretty interesting, will keep an eye on it!

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Mr_Planthead

Looks great, I have project zomboid but haven’t gotten to play it much. Looks a lot like that only less bleak

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Beau Hindman

This looks great! I love the art style.

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Kawaii Five-O

Looks pretty neat. I think it puts enough of a spin on the genre to make it stand out. I’ll definitely give it a try if it’s priced reasonably.

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James Ward

I agree, and hopefully, from what I read, they will take advantage of the power of machines these days and take the fact that it should be a lot easier to work with graphics in isometric games like this, to focus on more interesting sandbox features to create what could be an intensely deep gameplay if done right.

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